Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Meet The Horror Bloggers: Rondal Scott, Strange Kids Club
Meet The Horror Bloggers is an ongoing series, dedicated to bringing you the folks behind some of the web's best horror blogs.
For this week's installment, I bring you my favoritest new-er blog on the block. The Strange Kids Club is a safe haven for all ye geeky kids who got up super early on a Saturday morning to watch really good cartoons, who could sing The Hulksters entrance song, and who stayed up late that night to catch spooky horror programming and other assorted B movie fare. If you are one for nostalgia and were a child raised in the 80's, The Strange Kids Club should be your one stop shop for reliving those childhood memories.
Club president Rondal Scott steps out of the darkness and into the light:
Most of us [fans] have at least one story or film that ignited our interest in the horror genre, whether it be at age 6 or 60, the first 'infection' is always the worst. For me it has to be Gremlins and, though the scars have healed, I still find myself picking at the scab every once in awhile. It tends to remind oneself there's still that inner child lurking inside who likes to be scared. So yeah, Gremlins. Those wacked out overfed snakes with legs who clawed at you from beneath the edges of the bed while you slept. Lying awake at night, the sheets tucked tightly around my body so that I could feel every fiber of the bed, I remember an almost obsessive concern about what lurked in the darkness all thanks to that one film. Of course, I've gone on to watch far more revolting horror films as my fear has slowly turned into fascination, but I'll never forget that signature feeling of childhood repulsion and terror. It was my father though who unknowingly inspired my interest through his own collection of Stephen King novels. Far from a die hard horror fan, there was nonetheless something fantastical about King's writing that seemed to draw my father into that world and, as I grew, it also drew me in too.
As the eldest of two children, I can clearly remember my parents being stricter with me than my brother in terms of what I could and couldn't watch. So, while most of my childhood consisted of cartoons like TMNT, Thundercats, He-Man, G.I. Joe and Dick Tracy, horror was never far from home thanks to late night television. I think that's where most of my inspiration to become an artist and creative writer came from, a combination of Saturday Morning cartoons and USA channel's Up All Night with Gilbert Gottfried.
Growing up as a military brat, it was hard for me to find that niche of friends who shared my interests, and I was sadly influenced to leave most of that world behind. Never forgotten, though, I still found ways to curb my creative appetite for monsters and miscreants through comic books which I would both illustrate and write. In this way I was able to create entire worlds full of monsters, mutants and madmen that never lost against the 'forces of good.' I always felt sorry for the monsters in film, feeling that I had more in common with them than the hero(ine).
Despite clinging to comics, it wasn't until three years or so ago in college that I really rediscovered much of what I loved as a kid, especially horror films. It was like a whole new world opened up for me: expliotation films, Troma, Hammer Horror, Night of the Demons, giallo and Lovecraft all fused into one giant explosion of fear-inducing flavor sauce and I ate every bit of it with a side of hot wings.
Upon graduating, with 'corporate life' looming, I knew that I didn't want to lose all this knowledge as I did before so that's when I began blogging. Having worked my way through school as a graphic designer, I was familiar with most of the skills necessary for web design and vaguely aware of social media. It was difficult at first, mostly due to sheer naivety, as I expected to document these things (horror movie trailers, cartoons, comics, etc.) and have hundreds of people post their memories in response. Well, the internet doesn't quite work that way and so it took some trial and error to figure out first and foremost what would make me a) the happiest and b) stand out. That's when the concept for Strange Kids Club emerged. As a virtual clubhouse, I wanted to recreate that feeling of hanging out with friends with no rules, no expectations. You can read comics, watch cartoons, or just talk with other horror movie fans about films past and present. It’s kind of like a Neverland for those grown-ups who refuse to....well, 'grow up.' Sure, it’s still got a long way to go when compared to the titans of blogging terror that I so admire, but it’s my hope that with a little time, creativity and hard work that I can someday consider the 'clubhouse' to be among their ranks.